ISFAHAN, Iran (AP) – The head of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard threatened to retaliate against neighbouring countries over a suicide car bombing this week that killed 27 members of the elite organization.
Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari spoke late Friday at one of two funeral ceremonies for the victims of Wednesday’s attack near the southeastern city of Zahedan.
“We definitely will retaliate,” Jafari said in comments reported by the semi-official Tasnim news agency Saturday.
Wednesday’s attack was claimed by Baluch separatists. The dead included officers and young soldiers, including a 20-year-old in the Isfahan-based Guard’s forces.
The assault killed members of the Guard’s Imam Hussein division, which played a significant role in various battles during the 1980s Iran-Iraq war.
The bombing raised the spectre of possible Iranian retaliation against an extremist group called Jaish al-Adl that claimed responsibility for the attack.
The group largely operates across the border in nuclear-armed Pakistan.